4/27/09 - Guest Blogger - Brent Riggs

Hi friends, this is Brent Riggs, guest blogging for Adam and Aimee today. They didn’t ask me too, I begged them to let me.

First, I know many of you know me and know that Adam and I are good friends, but a lot of you have no clue who I am. Because of what I’m writing today, it is prudent to give you a quick “who is this guy?” My wife and I have a blog at www.riggsfamilyblog.com. We have seven children, three are internationally adopted, two from Guatemala, one from Ethiopia. Our four year old from Guatemala, Abby, has Leukemia, and four times in the past year we spent days at a time unsure if she would survive. So we know a little bit about how Adam and Aimee are feeling, and what they are going through (actually we know a LOT about it).

Adam and I have become good friends over the months. I’ve been honored and blessed to have him stay in our home, and to be able to offer spiritual encouragement and advice. You’ll find my ministry site at http://www.seriousfaith.com/ and my professional site at http://www.brentriggs.com/. We also featured Kayleigh’s story in our magazine called “Serious.Life” in a story called “One Pound Miracle” (http://www.seriouslifemagazine.com/default.asp?issue=9). That issue received over one million page views.

So what? Did I get on Adam’s blog to promote myself. Nope. I just wanted to establish some credibility and background with you before I began to talk about what I really wanted to say today. One last thing, I want to make it abundantly clear that I CALLED the Freeman’s and asked to be able to speak to you on their blog. They were immediately hesitant and it took a couple of conversations for me to convince them. They are already overwhelmed and infinitely grateful for all the help and prayers that you have provided up to this point. The fact remains for them as they wake up each day, they need help, a lot more than they would ever publicly say.

Let’s recap for the newer readers:

You remember that little mortgage crisis last year? It was “in the news” for a while but it continues to devastate the lives of those who were unsuspectingly caught up in the disaster caused by politicians. The Freeman’s had a thriving real estate business, one that was blessing others, providing for family members and helping the community. The real estate crash disintegrated their entire business and income at the same time they began the long journey of relentless medical crisis with Kayleigh who was born three months premature and has been on a life crisis roller coaster from day one.

The bills skyrocketed, the business plummeted. So along with the emotional strain that comes with the daily battle of wondering if your child will be alive tomorrow, they have also endured the stress of mounting bills, threatened foreclosure and repossession, bill collectors, medical expenses, and all the expenses involved in the constant travel and dislocation at the hospital… this type of situation causes all expenses to rise, new expenses to occur. All the while, their income simply disappeared. We aren’t talking years, we are talking about a matter of months. People of lesser character and strength would have succumbed to despair with half this stress. During this time, I’ve watched Adam try to start a new business, work on getting the real estate moving again, and reach out to help others. We aren’t talking about some lazy “victim-minded” people… these are genuinely good, hard working folks who are walking through an EXTRAORDINARY set of trials.

I know that people have already helped the Freeman’s, as have we. In particular, enough money has been given to keep the most critical element in place: insurance for Kayleigh. I know from personal talks with Adam that this money is almost gone too. Adam would barely even consider letting ME write this blog post because they feel you have done so much already (I had to be very persuasive to get them to consider it). This is FAR from over for them. It was not a one time, short term situation. You can’t name a bill or expense they are not so far behind on that “action” is not being pursued. In the meantime, their precious daughter is lying in the hospital with “no hope” according to the doctors.

No hope? For those of us who believe in our Creator, we know that there IS hope. God could miraculously revive Kayleigh. THAT is hope. God could bring Kayleigh into His presence, if He hasn’t already. THAT is hope.

What we have right now is not a loss of hope, but a family enduring both the crushing stress of losing a child, and the debilitating stress of debt piling up exponentially. There is simply no reason for ME, and YOU, and the tens of thousands of other Christians who frequent this blog to not relieve the one part we CAN relieve: financial stress. We live in a land of PLENTY. Yes, times are a little harder right now, but I doubt many people reading this have anything much less than a comfortable life with plenty of material possessions, entertainment and leisure. I’m NOT about guilt trips. I only remind my Christian brethren of this because sometimes we lose sight of how good we really have it. And I ask you to consider how much YOU would hope and pray for help if you were in the same situation.

The Bible teaches us that if we have two coats, why do we let our brother go cold? If we have water, why do we tell them “God be with you” and not give a cup of water? Prayer is critical and required. GIVING puts prayer into action. There is no need for this precious family and their children to have endure ALL of this suffering. Yes, they will endure the sadness of the probable loss of their child. Can’t avoid that, no way out unless God intervenes. But together WE CAN remove the financial stress, the strain of bill collectors and relentless creditors. Sadly, and we hope it won’t be necessary, we need to remove the stress of how they might have to pay for a funeral.

Friends, as a Christian family, we get to love together, rejoice together, cry together and hang tough together. There is simply no need for the Freeman’s to have to endure the paralyzing stress of both critical illness as well as enough financial stress to cripple most people. One or the other is bad enough. Both? May it never be.

I’m not beating around the bush about my request. With the tens of thousands of people who are visiting this blog, we can all click the DONATE button up there on the right side, and we can almost instantly remove the financial stress so this family can spend possibly the last couple of weeks with their daughter without the overwhelming burden of losing everything they own, and the relentless inquiries from bill collectors. It would be hard for one person to give a hundred thousand, but it’s not hard for 50,000 people to give two dollars, or 10,000 people to give $10 or 1000 people to $100.

I’ve got a daughter with Leukemia. I have seven children. When the financial crisis hit in the Fall of last year, my income was cut IN HALF. But I see a family in greater need, and if we can sacrifice, I know you can too. Our family will lead the way by giving $250 first. It’s not much, but if the rest of you join us, it soon will be.

I’m not one for emotional appeals or begging, never have been. However, this is a case of Christians caring for their own. We should not let our fellow Christians suffer under so much without joining them in their trials. We all have hard times. We all experience stress, and perhaps you are feeling the financial crunch today. I understand that. We are too. But the Freemans are enduring EXTRAORDINARY circumstances, and it is simply to God’s glory that we, as a Christian family, pool our resources together and alleviate some of their burden.

Follow me, as I follow Christ…

Brent Riggs
www.seriousfaith.com
www.riggsfamilyblog.com

UPDATE: Based on some valid incoming comments, I want to say that this post was not meant to imply that those who don't share our Christian faith are incapable or unwilling to care and help. Of course they are. We speak in "Christian terms" because our Christianity saturates our life. We know that people who do not hold to Christianity as their faith are just as capable and willing (sometimes more willing much to our shame) to give and help and care as much as those of us who profess Christianity. Again, I write in Christian vocabulary to our Christian family because that is what we base our life on and we can no more exclude it than we can exclude breathing from our life. It is not in any way meant to make others feel excluded or unwelcome to help the Freeman family. Of course not, but evidently that needed to be clarified. ~ Brent

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Intelligence Is A Curse said...

I have donated, and God Bless

Anonymous said...

i have no credit card but would love to help could you give me an address to mail a donation to thanks my prays are with you and your family. sheila

Cherilynn from British Columbia said...

Hi Brent,

I am glad you've written this. I have been feeling for the passed week or so that I should help out too. Your entry on the blog has shown me that I do NEED to do help out.

I am praying for financial miracles and healing!

Cherilynn

Bill & Jen said...

Prayers are with the Freeman Family. We will definately give.

Tiffany said...

Beautiful post. You just missed one little part. God won't be outdone in generosity. When we give sacraficially, we are actually blessed more than we could ever give - and in ways that matter in the spiritual world - not this passing material world. It is a privilege as a Christian, to be allowed to ease the burden of others. God didn't have to give us such a great grace. He did it to benefit us. Our family praises God and remains thankful that He, in His great Mercy, allows us to help the Freemans carry their cross. We are continuing to pray for you!

Anonymous said...

Wow!! I am truly inspired by your post Brent. I was about to buy a new quilt from Pottery Barn for my son's bed(which he really doesn't need). Instead, I will donate to Kayleigh's family who needs it and deserves it. Thank you for a great perspective and for reaching out to others. May God be with this family and yours in the days and years to come.

ManyBlessings said...

God bless you Brent.
dawn

JenniferNe said...

I have been following since almost the birth of Kayleigh. She holds a special place in my heart. She was born the same day as my first neice. My youngest daughter was born premature too. She has not had the complication, we were so fortunate. I am doing my part! God Bless The Freemans!

Debbie said...

Brent, I will def follow you from New Zealand and donate.

Jenny said...

Thank you for this Brent! We will give the money that we normally tithe to church on May 1st- I can think of NO better place to send it!!!

Anonymous said...

I recently started following this blog and what a blessing Kayleigh, Adam, Aimee and their entire family have been. Thank you Brent, for following God's voice in reaching out and seeking help for a family who would not have asked for themselves. You're so right when you remind us that God calls us to seek Him in prayer, then to seek Him in our actions. I will lift up the Freemans in prayer--and click that donate button, too!
God Bless!

Psalm 61:2 "From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I."

Ruth said...

As a single parent, I have been dependent on gifts from friends to see me through many times. I have had a $90 check on my desk for a couple weeks waiting for God to impress me where it should go. I just donated to the Freemans, whom I don't even know except through following your blog. Praying for you!

jensones71 said...

Thank you for the reminder Brent. I just sent some money :)

Jennifer in La.

Lisa said...

Wow! Looks like a talk is in order between me and my husband this evening. It would be OUR HONOR to "follow you follow Christ, Brent."

Praying fervently in Louisville, KY. Will also put a prayer request in at our church of 22,000 - Southeast Christian.

With much Christian love,
Lisa

Ruth said...

As a single parent, I have been dependent on gifts from friends many times. I have had a check for $90 sitting on my desk for a couple weeks waiting for God to impress me where to send it. I just donated it to the Freemans, even though I only know them through following their blog. Praying for you!

robyn said...

God Bless You!!! Still praying.
http://harrisonedwardkeller.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Well written post Brent. I have also been following your blog, although I have never left a comment. I saw Adam's picture on there with your own sweet girl a while back.

Adam and Aimee are remarkable. May there be a huge, bright blessing coming their way soon! We all know that they are deserving of it.

Although I can not make a miracle happen with Kayleigh, I , too can help lift their financial burden. I WILL be donating $100 tonight.

Bless their hearts. I pray that they are holding up.

All my love,

Elizabeth

Boston, MA

Jess :) said...

Wonderful post, Brent! Thank you for that. As always, Kayleigh and the entire family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Blessings

Leading Lady said...

Thanks for doing this Brent! I am a reader of your Blog and Kayleigh's and I just went and made a donation. A few ideas for other people trying to find money to donate:
take lunch to work instead of buying it out
skip a movie or date night this week
see if your church can take donations for the Freemans one week
have a yard sale-get rid of junk and raise money for Kayleigh!
Just a few ideas! :)

Anonymous said...

I dont have much but I donated what I have. The freemans are in my prayers!

The Burgess Family said...

Thanks Brent for the update... I have often wondered what happened once they were no longer on the news with this stuff. I am off to paypal now to donate.

Anonymous said...

I know that times ar tough and money is needed. Next week I get money from a family memeber for a wedding that will be perfect wether I have a limo or not, I will dropping the limo and donating that money to Kayleighs fund. They need it more than I.

Wendy said...

thank you for reminding us how we can physically reach out and touch this family. when things look their bleakest, great things CAN and DO happen.

Suzi said...

I absolutely whole heartedly agree! Thank you Brent for doing this. You are a wonderful friend.

Maggie Del Valle said...

Wow....
I was just recently sent to your page
I had NO idea you were going through all this
My heart and my prayers go out to you!
This stuff should be the LEAST of your worries
I did make a donation
It's not much...but I hope that inspirational message will motivate a few others to give up their Starbucks for a few days to help out!
((((much love and HUGS))))

gem01 said...

I couldn't imagine. They're an honorable family fighting for a beautiful girl.

cristeena said...

That ws written beautifully!!! We will help to the best of our ability. Thank you for that!!!

The Simmons Family said...

PRAYING for Kayleigh. I will be happy to donate a little... as we know... a little goes a long way. I wish we could do more, but with Mr. Owen needing a heart, obviously, financial strain is upon us. Kayleigh is nothing short of a miracle and I know that whatever the outcome, the lord will provide them with strength!

You're a good friend Brett.

Andrea

Peach said...

I'm in. It's not much, but I can't not help, at least a little.

I'm still praying for your beautiful little miracle.

Anonymous said...

$50.00 for the Freemans. Following since December. I am so sorry for the recent turn of events, Kayleigh has touched more peoples lives in 10 months than most could do in 3 lifetimes. She is beautiful and I hope you can take her home soon.

Michelle said...

Absolutely. It is the least I could do for this precious baby girl and her family. Thank you for the heartfelt post and honesty. Many prayers for you all!

The Burgess Family said...

Hey Brent... I see that you are blocking and approving comments before posting. I think that is great and I don't want this one posted. I would love to ask a parent of a NICU/PICU patient a few questions about toys and stuff. If you go to my blog,
www.babycnburgess.blogspot.com and read the second or third post down about giving to Duke, you will understand what I mean. I would love if you could email me or even blog post your thoughts on this. I didn't see an email address on your blog and I do not want to bother Adam and Aimee with this so if you could help, that would be great. Thanks,
Christy
cameroncraze01@yahoo.com

Leslie said...

If one unknown person, AKA "me" can do it, why can't you. Can you imagine their nightly thoughts when you lay in bed and your brain is suppose to quiet?....

Clem said...

We are happy to help.
~Jay & Clem

The McGuire Family said...

I agree. Christians should take care of their bothers and sisters in Christ. Money is often the last thing even Christians want to give up, or sacrifice. I too will give today to help the Freemans, who I have come to love so much through their journey. I still pray for a miracle for Kayleigh, however, God's will may be another miracle through Kayleigh. May God bless you, Brent Riggs, and your family as well as the Freemans. Much love and prayer from OKC, Oklahoma.

Brandy said...

Very well said Brent! Adam and Aimee I would like to do a benefit party for yall much like the one I am doing for Philip Briggs. I will also be making my donation as well!

Still praying
The Painters

LMP said...

You are walking a difficult road and I often find myself wondering what I could do to help you beyond praying. I couldn't give much, as my own family has been seriously affected by the economy causing me to be out of work for a very long time, but I gave what I could. My hope, like Brents, is that if everyone would just give a little that it will add up and make a serious difference and lessen some of the stress in your lives. I pray for you and Kayleigh every day. You are always in my thoughts.

Kristy said...

Aimee and Adam~ I have just donated $50 for your family. I am donating to you because your sweet Kayleigh has been such an uplifting inspiration to me. Not just as a person that is following your story, but as an unemployed 41 year old mother who is raising a baby a day younger than Kayleigh on my own. I was down about Addie's father not wanting to be a part of our lives anymore and was in a very deep depression. Your story and Kayleigh have brought me back to God and the realization that although gifts from God aren't always as society "envisions" them to be, they are gifts none the less. I thank you and your daughter for helping me come closer to God and freeing me from the despair I was feeling. Even though I don't know your family face to face, I love you all with every inch of my heart!! God Bless you!!!

Meg B....that's me! said...

Well said Brent.

Jennifer said...

I think this is an awesome awesome post and for someone outside of the family to step in and be "real" about the "extraordinary" circumstances this family has been in and is still in is just nothing short of the Christian faith. As I type this, I'm in total agreement that if we can ALL come together as children of God and help this family, this would be a small token of our love for the Freemans.

Blessings to you,

FourBoyJoy said...

I have only commented 2 times ever on any blog in my whole life but this little girl has taught me to appreciate my 4 little boys so much. We lost everything last year to our business but in the end it is just stuff. It doesn't even compare to watching your baby suffer. I donated... Just know that we are lifting little Kayleigh to the father above.

DLaCroix said...

Thank you for posting. My thoughts are with the Freemans and their precious little girl. I hope we are able to make a difference for them together.

fraizerbaz said...

:-) God bless you, Brent, for being such a good friend to them during all of this! You all are in my prayers.

Elkins 5 said...

You're absolutely right. I have hope and I knew I needed to do more. Donation sent. Thank you for setting me straight :).

Praying for Kayleigh and her family.

Anonymous said...

Just donate 5.00 i now it aint much but i hope it will help. Always praying for Kayleigh.

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

Brent that was beautifully written!

May we all choose to store up our treasures in heaven together!

Praying the good fight for Adam and Aimee!

Hugs and love to all of you!

Jill

Chris, Hannah and baby Henning said...

A precious post and godly reminder how very blessed we are to have opportunities to love on other families, to love your family well. Thank you for letting Brent post, thank you for allowing us to know exactly where you stand, and thank you for not giving up faith in Christ during this uncertain time.

Chris, Hannah and baby Henning said...

STILL praying for a miracle!!!!!!

Arianna's Mom said...

DONATION COMPLETE WITH JOY IN MY HEART!

Confirmation number:
6C925751FC539214A

Never have I been more happy to give to my "neighbors".
I will continue to pray for the Freeman's

CHATTY CATHY 1975 said...

I just donated $100. Brandt and I EASILY will spend this in one week eating out. Next week, I will NOT eat out - rather eat at home with our Children - who DO NOT have cancer - and are NOT dying. Kayleigh has blessed me by bringing me closer to my children than ever before. That is worth millions to me. God Bless you both.

Coco said...

Brent (and the Freeman's)
This is a great post and one I think you were right in posting! I hope that we are able to bless them beyond all our expectations! Please keep us posted on that.

In the meantime I am praying for the family and little Kayleigh!

Coco

Anonymous said...

Hi Brent, I have been following this wonderful family and their struggles for a good 6 months now and feel very honoured to be able to help in any way..I don't have much as i am a single mum of 5 children but every little bit helps and i feel my children are all happy and well and that i am very blessed..may this small donation help..Please send my love and support to Adam and Aimee and their beautiful family at this difficult time..Also i'm sending some healing huggs and kisses to beautiful Kayleigh x0x0x0x0x0

from Helen and Family
Biloela Queensland Australia

ps we will continue to pray

The Vaughn Family said...

I know its not much as our family is dealing with financial issues as well. but I do believe the lord blessed every last penny and if I could donate more I would! but I hope it helps!

Nicoolmama said...

What a tremendous post! I absolutely agree...
I cannot do a huge amount but will absolutely give to this wonderful, heart-heavy, family!

Thank you Brent for reaching out on their behalf!

chloe's clan said...

I couldn't agree with you more Brent. I am glad you point this out and make it known. It is very hard to ask others to give financially especially on your own behalf so I don't blame Adam for being a little hesitant to do so but come on people!!! Can't you give up your latte twice this week and give the $7 bucks to the Freemans? A funerla is very expensive as well as all that has hit them. People easily throw away $8 in unused produce gone bad for heaven's sake. Let His light so shine and give to your brother that you made be added upon hundred fold! With all my love,
Chloe

Angela Childress said...

Thank you for allowing Mr. Riggs to post this. Very well written and well put. And I hope everyone who reads this will rise to the occasion and donate... even if it's only $1.00. Every little bit helps.

Thank you Mr. Riggs leading the donation "charge"!

God bless.

Anonymous said...

Well said!!! I donated money this past weekend, I hope others will follow and help out the Freemans!!!!!

Anonymous said...

How is Kayleigh doing today? My heart is just aching. I am going to speak to my husband about donating.

Patrice said...

You are so right and I for one can most certainly help my fellow Christian, as I know they would do the same for me.

I am glad that you did post this post today. Times are hard right now, but this week instead of eating out with my co-workers, I am going to PB&J it. It is so worth it and I am sure it will be the best PB&J that I have ate in a long time!!

I off to donate now, it's not much, but if many skip eating out this week, it might be the difference between pennies and thousands!!

Anonymous said...

Brent, I don't mean this to sound bad, but not everyone who reads this blog is a Christian, yet we still do care deeply about Kayleigh, and donate to her cause...

Melanie Budd said...

I donated $10.00, not much but hopefully it will help! I don't know the Freeman family, but my heart goes out to them!
Melanie Budd

chloe's clan said...

I just posted a comment and I wanted to add that I just donted $10.00. It was all I could afford but I know that evry little bit helps becasue it can add up to much. And I saw this quote from somewhere and I wanted to share it.

"When you are down to nothing, God is up to something." I love that. :) We can't see what the future holds for us but God's plan is always magnificent and he has one for each of us! With much love,
Chloe

my2girlz2004 said...

Brett thank you for posting this. I can only imagine how they Freeman felt when you wanted to post this. Like most people they don't want things given to them so I am glad one of their friends could step in and help. I have donated, maybe not as much as I really wanted but I gave something to help them in some way. I just started following them two weeks ago and have fallen in love with Kayleigh, so it breaks my heart in what her family is facing.
I continue to pray that god will step in and heal precious Kayleigh.

Anne Marie

Anonymous said...

I have followed Kayleigh's life and have prayed for her. Unfortuntely since I am not Christian, I suppose I am excluded and can't give. This is not just a Christian world.

Leah W said...

Amen.

Little M and Baby G said...

Thank you for posting this. I've looked at the donation button so many times but tonight I finally pushed it.

I know what I can give is just a drop in the bucket - but it too is a start.

I hope that many others follow and help lift at least one burden from Adam and Amiee's very heavy shoulders.

Kadence and Adam. . . and Mommy said...

I'm glad Brent posted this. He is 100% right, we need to take care of eachother. I repect this post and everything he says in it. If we all donate $10, a couple Starbucks coffees, we CAN and WILL make a HUGE difference in the Freeman's lives.

I will continue praying for the Freeman family and all of their blog readers. They have touched my life and I feel blessed to come across their story.

Thank you
Amy

Anonymous said...

Freeman Family,

I have never met you, but I have been following Kayleigh's blog for several months. I have cheered at the achievements Kayleigh has made, and cried at the set backs. I pray everyday for Kayleigh's healing. I am in shock that Kayleigh's time on Earth may be coming to a close. Remember that God is the Ulitmate Physician and all things are possible with Him. Kayleigh truly is a miracle and is a great source of faith and inspiration. When I was looking at the post "Too Beautiful for Words" from yesterday, I thought of a song for you. It is on the Dove Hits 2002 CD and is called In God We Trust by Voices of Hope. The song starts out with Psalm 56:10-11 which says: In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise-in God I trust; I will not be afraid. The song is a great comfort in times of sorrow or fear. The chorus says: In God we trust, for He is faithful. We put our hope in Him alone. Through any valley, God will sustain us, until the day He brings us home. I will continue to pray for Kayleigh's healing and for God's will. Always know, there are thousands of people around the world praying for Kayleigh and another miracle.

Angela

Anonymous said...

How could I not help the Freeman's when they have helped me so immensely. Never in my life have I been so inspired, so amazed & so full of hope. I will give now & I will continue to give because what they've given me will be with me forever.

Thank you Brent for convincing Adam & Aimee to allow you to do this for them. I'm honored to have the opportunity to help.

Kris-10
Texas

Shelby Hawkins said...

i am so willing to help them in any way that would make this just the slightest bit easier on them. I had asked Adam and Aimee before what they thought about e-mail the oprah show...i know this may sound a little far fetched, but you never know untill you try. So if you are up for giving it a try let me know and i'm on it!

Shelby Hawkins
shawkins@urhere.net

mdmickey said...

Have daughter same age. I am praying hard for Kayleigh and gave what I could. God help you and your family through this.

Stephanie said...

I was sitting here wallowing in self pitty over life and then I read your post...you're right...we all need to take care of each other. I hope my donation can help in some small way.

Anonymous said...

So well said, Brent. I have been following Kaleigh's story for a couple of months now, but I had no idea how dire the Freemans' financial challenges are. I just donated for the first time, and plan to give more in the weeks to come. I love this family whom I will never meet in this life time. I have read recent posts feeling a sense of helplesness. We CAN help in a very tangible way. I have a daughter with medical issues, and struggle with the financial emotional burden it has placed on our family. I can't imagine dealing with the loss of income on top of it with such staggering bills. Freemans, we love you, and pray for you constantly. We can be the hands of Christ in this situation.

Elizabeth said...

That was just what I needed to read...donation sent!

Anonymous said...

brent,

Thanks for the post. I am truly happy to donate it was not much but if everyone donates...together we can be a big help....
please let us know how the financial situation is going...

still praying for a miracle for sweet Kayleigh....I love her...

kristy in bay city MI

CandlesbyTasha said...

I do not have any money right now. The economy is rough. But I will make sure to keep her in prayer.
Tasha

Nieman Family said...

I donated...And still praying for you all. Lovely post...

Robyn said...

I will donate in a few days (payday ;)) I appreciate you stepping in to help them by writing this. I hope they get enough and more! You might consider putting a counter under the donate button just so others can see how much has been raised. Instead of discouraging people from giving because so much has already been given...but the opposite..it gives us all a number to try and reach and also actually encourages people to join together and see what we can accomplish in God's name in large numbers. This is instead of just giving blindly and hoping it did some good. I hope the Freeman's are relieved from this burden soon! I have seen this done on other sites raising money (MckMama, etc) and they even offered tax receipts..which I realize it is not actually a charity so might be a problem.

Melissa said...

I don't know how anyone who is aware of this family and how strong Kayleigh is cannot reach out and help. When I think of the pain you are going through, I literally lose my breath.

I donated $100. I wish it was more, but please know that you are in all my thoughts and prayers.

Suz said...

Very happy to donate (have just done so) and what money we can send comes with love and support from Melbourne Australia. This little girl and her family have touched my heart in ways i don't think i can comprehend yet. I hope for a miracle for Kayleigh and peace for her beautiful parents. Thankyou for sharing your journey and your daughter with us, sue xx

Mama4Real said...

Wow. My heart is overflowing at all of the comments and responses on here of the family of God coming together and giving to this family. My eyes caught on the donate button earlier today and I feel impressed now, to go ahead and press it:) Like many, it's not much, but...I know it helps.

Jesus wrap your arms around this family!!!
(found out about you guys through MckMama)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this beautiful post. I don't have much but would love to donate what I can. I don't have a credit card and wondered if there is an address or P.O. Box that I could send a donation to. I am in prayer for that precious girl and her family.

tammy said...

THANK YOU so much for giving us, your faithful blog readers, a tangible way to help your family, who we have all come to know, love and pray for.

With all the love & hope in my heart, I give to you.

**Brent-I would also love to give a gift through my company, but it must be given via check, can you shoot me an email with an address that I can mail the check and 2nd donation to?

tammy
ttdavis3@gmail.com

AD said...

I donated my what was the equivalent to my Starbuck's coffee money for the week and what I would've spent going to the movies next weekend. It wasn't much BUT every little bit helps, right?

Along with prayer, the Freemans' NEED our help. If we can help to reduce one element of stress at this time, we need to band together and do it.

20 years ago, I was a single mom, pregnant and had a 2 yr old baby who had Leukemia. Through the grace of God and skillful doctors, he is a strapping young man.

Let's help this terrific family out by giving up ONE expenditure and forwarding that money directly to the Freemans.

God bless all of the wonderful people and thank you Brent Riggs.

Fondly,
Angela De Benedetto

Lindsey Barham said...

Freemans'/Brent:
I have been thinking a lot on your money situation and feeling the need to donate again to you guys. I am going to be honest (I am ashamed of myself) I keep trying to convince myself my family needed it. Oh dear Lord please forgive me of this. I will be donating in the morning when I get to work. Count on us for a $100.00 I feel like I owe you and Aimee an apoligy for being greedy when you two truely need help and have never spoken a word of it. Brent thanks for doing this for them and being obeident to the LORD. Please Freeman's tell us when you need help (whatever it may be)Kayleigh has restored my faith and I owe her everything. Thank you baby girl and I love you so much. Do you know if she will get to home anytime soon? Still praying hard in Louisiana

jcclifton said...

I have been following Kayleigh's blog for some time and I have been praying for her. She is so beautiful and is a blessing to so many people. I also donated and hope it helps even though it is not very much. Continued prayers from North Florida.

Robin said...

As a mom who buried two babies in less than a month, after spending months and months in the NICU, I KNOW what they are going through. If it hadn't been for my parents and generous members of my Church and community, we would have been homeless, without food, and without clothes.
I donated and will continue to keep the entire family in my prayers!
Thank you for doing this, Brent!

Robin @http://alabamaslackermama.blogspot.com/2009/03/and-then-there-was-one.html

Ponce Family said...

I am only able to donate a small amount, but I know it all adds up. The Freeman's are always in our prayers and thoughts every day.

Lori said...

I just donated. I wish I could do more but right now I can't due to our own financial obligations.

Hopefully I can help more a little later when we get caught up.

I am praying for your little girl. I have been reading your blog for a long while now.

Anonymous said...

I am so touched by Kayleigh's story. I will donate...I don't have much, but it's well worth the cause.

Four babies 4 us said...

I'll match your donation Brent!

One thing I've learned in this life is that God doesn't do addition, he does multiplication. God always sees to it that blessings received from giving help (or accepting it if you are in need) compound exponentially.

Adam and Aimee, please accept the help given from all of these people with the love intended. Do not feel bad that you need to lean on others. You have already paid so much forward, it's time to allow others the priveledge to help. I only wish there was a way to take some of the excruciating pain away.
With much love,
Michelle

It's The Little Things... said...

Following your lead Brent! Wonderfully written post!

MJ said...

Still praying for a miracle in precious little Kayleigh. My donation will be on its way first thing in the morning. I know it is not much, but I hope with everything together...they will get enough to help. Bless You!

Anonymous said...

I don't have much to send but every little bit helps, right? From a non-Christian (but still a good person) :)

Annie from Oregon said...

Thank you Brent for willingly being the answer to my specific prayer...when Adam asked for pastors to reach out to him, I asked God to send you. Praise Him. I look at the counter and see nearly two million hits! Just one dollar each would be awesome. Not that each would give but..think about it! I will donate what I can and God will more than meet it.. "abundantly, more than you ask or think, according to the power that works in us". We HAD to become aware of this need. Thank you Adam and Aimee for allowing God to speak to us through Brent...hard decision, but watch the miraculous reward!! God bless each one of you richly. This is for Kayleigh and His Glory.

Anonymous said...

To those who feel 'excluded'-
This is Aimee and Adam's blog and they ARE Christians, as are many of their close friends, such as Brent. So don't be surprised when you see them asking for help from other Christians, since helping those less fortunate is paramount in their faith. Honestly, to read this post and then shout "NOT EVERYONE IS CHRISTIAN" or "I feel excluded" is shocking to me. This is a Christian's blog. And this post is not about you at all. Even if you don't like the way this post is worded, or who it appeals to, it DOES NOT CHANGE THE FACT that they have tremendous financial troubles and their little girl is lying in a hospital, brain-dead. You don't have to be a Christian to have a little bit of compassion.

Anonymous said...

I will donate and I just sent an email to all my friends to have them spend time reading the blog, being touched as we all have. And hug our loved ones and never let go.

Wendy

Anonymous said...

I'm more than happy to be able to help this sweet family. Donation sent!
God Bless,
Heather

Julie from NJ said...

I donated and am praying for Kayleigh!

wicker0407 said...

Thanks Brent! I have donated wish I could give more. My heart is still aching for your family I love Kayleigh so much and I am still praying for a miracle no matter what happens I hope you find peace. I feel so blessed to have known her she will forver be in my heart. God Bless.
Summer and Family in California

Anonymous said...

Thank you Brent for making this post. Adam and Aimee are wonderful people and deserve only the best. I don't have much to give, but just donated my last profits from ebay. I plan to list more items and donate all of my profits to this wonderful family. I know that times are tough for everyone, but I challenge each of you to find a way to donate. Just one small donation from everyone who reads this blog can make a huge difference.

I am sending many more thoughts and prayers for this family.

Rhonda said...

I did what I could....I will continue to pray for your whole family..God Bless
Rhonda

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your blog post. Had you not written this it would have never been brought to my attention to donate. I wish I could have given more, but am happy to have helped out, at least a little.

Still praying...

Sonja
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Anonymous said...

I donated when you first asked for help and I just donated again. In the past 3 months I've lost my job and been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I have $62 in my checking account, but wanted to help do what I could to ease your worry. I donated $25.
I am glad that the Freeman's faith brings them comfort at such an unbelievably difficult time. I am still hoping for a miracle. Kayleigh is indeed such a strong, beautiful soul. I have so enjoyed watching her grow(I've been following since before she was born.)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the candid post, Brent. What a great friend! Giving up a few "extras" this week to help this sweet family. Kisses to Kayleigh!
Jenni in KY

Alex(andra) said...

Thank you so much for this post, Brent. My fiance and I have been trying to figure out where we want to send money to (instead of giving wedding reception favors), and we'll definitely be sending some Kayleigh's way. Not sure why I didn't think of it before.

Anonymous said...

donated and posted a link to Kayleigh's blog on my facebook - continuing to pray for all of you . . .

Judi Ramos said...

Brent
I have donated and hope it helps the Freeman's. I follow your blog also because of this blog and pray for your daughter as well.
Judi

Melissa said...

I am so glad this post was written. I so deeply wanted to donate, but had no idea what would be best. I will be forwarding this post on to all my family and friends. Please keep us updated if they are receiving enough help. They should have no worries, but their precious baby girl.

newwife said...

Brent- thank you so much for reminding us that just because someone does not ask for help, does not mean they need it any less and that even in this time of financial hardship we can all find something to give. Like many others our family has decided to forgo the non essential items this month and match your donation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Freeman family.

Anonymous said...

I just found this blog a few weeks ago. I spent so much time reading from the first post on. I have a son born within a week of your sweet baby girl and can not imagine what you must being going through. You truly are an inspiration and you faith is God is so amazing. I just made a donation and continue to pray for your family.

Mandi in Indiana

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the post Brent! I donated tonight and only hope and pray that we can help ease some of the stress from this family!

God Bless,
Laurie

dg darling said...

Oh GOD GRIEF, do we need to take offense at the whole "Christian" or "not Christian" thing? Stop looking for reasons to be offended and look at the reason for the donation!

katrynka said...

Brent, thank you for convincing the Freemans to allow you to post this request for help. I will be hitting that donate button as soon as I get paid on Friday.

I also want to thank you for your clarification addendum at the end. I am Buddhist, and to clarify for anonymous who seemed so upset a few posts before mine: I was not "offended" by the focus on Christians. I am not even sure how to describe what I felt! Perhaps just that I wanted say that being of another belief system I still feel as strongly as Brent that it is my place to help the Freemans. From the bottom of my heart I know that I am here to put the needs of others before mine, and to do all I can to stop their suffering.

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity. - Buddha

Melinda said...

Thank you for the reminder. I'd forgotten about the financial issues that Adam and Aimee faced. It's not much, but I donated and hope that it helps. No one should have to worry about how they can/whether they can afford to bury their child (if that is what comes to pass)!

~Melinda

Anonymous said...

I donated what I had in PayPal. I wish it was more. God Bless Kayleigh and her family.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this post, Brent. I've been wanting to help for quite a while but just hadn't done it yet. This was exactly the push that I needed. I pray that it eases some of their financial burdens. They have so many more important things to focus on!

~Amy in Michigan

Linlee said...

After reading your post, I heard my daughter tossing and turning in her crib. Instead of letting her put herself back to sleep I went and got her, held her tight and thanked God that she was happy & healthy. We sang twinkle twinkle little star and she's now asleep.
Thank you for you post. I'll be donating tonight...after I quit crying..lol

Preciousdesigns said...

Sometimes we really need to read these kinds of posts. Donating to such a worthy cause is such a blessing. May you find peace during this time.

Anonymous said...

Kayleigh is absolutely beautiful...

I am honored to help!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for writing this post, Brent. I had NO idea that the Freemans were experiencing such terrible financial issues. I have only been following their blog for a couple of weeks. It seems so unfair considering the overwhelming medical issues they have had to endure with Kayleigh. My heart hurts to think that they have even more stress to deal with while experiencing what no parent should have to face--the loss of a child. Our family is honored to be able to give. Thank you for allowing us this opportunity. I will continue to pray for Kayleigh's recovery and for strength and peace for her family.

Hugs from WV,
The Lang family (Tim, Kathy, Samantha and Kara)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post - I have donated and I will continue to pray many prayers for the Freemans.
Eva in Houston

Julie said...

I have donated as well. I am praying for them everyday! Thank you for spearheading the fundraising for them. You are a blessing!

Leigh Anne said...

Yea! I'm so glad you were able to come on as a guest blogger. I gave a contribution when I heard about Kayleigh's prognosis. Thank God the Holy Spririt moved within me. One thing I've learned is you can not out give God! If anyone believes they can't afford it, believe me, God's out to prove you can.

Brent, if possible please keep us updated on how much is coming in and when they need more. It might sound nosy, but it's always exciting to watch God's hand in action. We are called to be servants of the Most High God, and this is may be a faith walk for some of us. God will be with you!

Remember, Kayleigh's life has made a priceless impression!

Adam and Aimee,
Hang on! God's still working on some things. Even if it's the end, more miracles are yet to be seen. I firmly believe in this. It may not be on our time, but remember God is always on time!

You truly are children of God!

Anonymous said...

I have know idea who you all are but I share your pain. I lost my first son Marcus that weighed only 1 lb 9 oz. Then four years ago my second son was born and weighed 1lb 14oz. We were blessed enough that after 111 days in the NICU the Lord let us bring him home, and he is perfect today. I am so sorry for your pain but so touched by your faith. In my son Dylan's name I will be happy to donate.
God bless
Abby-in Mo.

Delekatala said...

I will donate payday (Friday). No one should have to worry about finances in a time like this. I was blessed to have enough donations to pay for almost my daughters entire funeral in January. I think this is a worthy cause to pay it forward.

My sweet baby never left the NICU, My family will pray that this baby will go home where she belongs.

Ronda said...

I would really like to make a donation to family, but I am very hesitant about doing so online. Is there a PO box or other address that i can send a check too? Thank you. Also sending prayers daily for Kayleigh and the entire family.

Kim Smith said...

I was just able to donate a little, but I know every little bit helps! I am so ashamed that it has taken someone to ask for me to actually push the donate button. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Kayleigh, and the whole Freeman family.
Love,
Nate, Kim and Evan Smith
www.caringbridge.org/visit/evannsmith

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I am absolutely honored to be able to help this wonderful family...

I am not a Christian, actually I am Jewish. I am praying just as hard for the Freeman's. I think prayer from any religion is a good thing...

My donation is on it's way.
Take Care

Lindsie said...

I have never commented before. I have been following for a while now. Reading this blog has made me a lot more appreciative of my healthy children and be more thankful for what I have. I donated. It isn't much but every little bit helps.

Susan P said...

Come on people, you can do it! I just donated, every dollar counts.

trying4two99 said...

We are officially a no credit card family either and in the same financial boat as the rest of the nation. Please send me an address so I can bless them just a little bit too.

Karen said...

I know God has worked through Kayleigh to touch the lives of many. I know today was a "wow" day for me, as my husband asked if I had checked on her. When I replied "not yet this evening" he asked for the blog address! (He is NOT a blog-reader.) Then when I shared a few words of Brent's post, he agreed we should donate at least $50, with no hesitation. I do not have children of my own, but feel Kayleigh has blessed my marriage and my relationship with God. The Freeman's story helps keep "the daily grind" woes in perspective. I hope many more will be able to financially support this precious family that has ministered to so many... there is no price tag on that!

Please Lord, wrap your arms around the Freeman family. May they feel the comfort that only God can provide.

Debbie said...

I have sent a donation from my family here in New Zealand.

Deb Bearden said...

First of all, I am praying that if it is God's will a miracle will take place in Kaleigh's life. In such a short time Kaleigh has touched so many. I am praying for God's guidance for Aimee and Adam. There is nothing to hard for our God. I have been in a situation similar to Aimee and Adams. Someone stepped up for my family also.

The Carpenters said...

Thank you, Brent. I was just thinking TODAY that I needed to donate for April. I just have been letting life get in the way. I will donate soon.
Another thanks to everyone who donated during the giveaway last month. I know that every bit of it was appreciated.

Megan's Infertility said...

I have never commented on here. I just donated...it wasn't much as I have to start fertility treatments in November of this year, but I know every little bit helps.

I continue to pray for this family and can't even begin to imagine what they are going through.

I will be sending her page to my family and friends requesting they donate just $5 or $10 or whatever they can to help out.

Beth in NC said...

I am such a blessed woman. I just donated -- and I have to admit I have never noticed the "donate" button on the blog.

I pray God blesses this effort and supernaturally multiplies each dollar given.

In Him,
Beth

Lisa said...

All I can say is Amen! Thanks for the reminder and for saying it in Christian love. The Freemans are blessed to have you as a friend.

Aspiemom said...

Thank you, Brent!

Anonymous said...

Just left a donation. I believe your words were inspired from the Lord--it truly applies to SO MANY areas of my life right now--giving to others in need around me.

God's abundant blessings on little Kayleigh. Lord, be close to this family.

Cheryl said...

This is for the person that suggested they consult a lawyer...I challenge you to read what scripture states regarding lawsuits among believers...That comment has no place here in the middle of their grief. As a medical professional, I'm willing to bet the doctors and nurses who have cared for her for 10 months LOVE her and only do their best. NOTHING will happen that is outide of HIS will. No amount of money in the world will change that...

Amie said...

In the midst of our own finacial issues. My husband understand and remember the very difficult times we went through after the birth of our third child. We feel no matter what our current situation is we are called by God to give. We will also continue to pray.

God Bless you and We love You.
Que Dios Te Vendiga

Amie&Juan Mendez

Corvallis Oregon

Jennifer said...

Brent,
You always say it best! I donated...God Bless you and the sweet family! He knows his plan....

Blessings,
Jennifer

Misty Rice said...

I think about her often today and thought of Abby when I got my envelope in the mail for donating to children with leukemia. Then I get on my blog to see the two girls I had been thinking about today, families where joined in on one blog tonight. Thanks for the post...

I know how hard this is for this family. Oh how it breaks my heart in so many pieces. Tonight while rocking my daughter to sleep, I thought about all the sadness and then gave big thanks for all the good too.

Im praying for all of you.

I donated the last time and will be happy to donate again this time.

A Sister in Christ.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Brent for stepping up. You are right--this is what Christians (and others, of course) do. I donated a few minutes ago. God bless your family and precious Abby, and Adam's family and precious Kayeligh.

Jessica said...

Thanks for the reminder Brent. Although I just got finished with my own fund raising drive for the March of Dimes (which does help Kayleigh indirectly), I am honored to be able to donate something directly to her family. There is no amount of money in the world that can make the situation that Adam and Aimee are going through with Kayleigh right now any better, but knowing that at least some of their financial burden is lessened, will hopefully make things a little easier on the financial front.

As a NICU nurse, I know first hand the amount of medical bills they must be facing - not even mentioning the day to day bills that every family encounters. I wish I could donate 10x more, but I also know that as Brent said, 1000 people donate small amounts of money, it adds up real fast.

Anonymous said...

Everyone, Paypal can be set up to draw from your checking account as well as credit or debit. You can send money via 'check' through them. You can choose. Paypal is SAFE.

Also, please NEVER apologize for an amount you donate as every penny adds up!

We love you Freemans!

Misty Rice said...

PS: I hope you dont mind but I copied and pasted this entire post on my blog.... if that can bring one more prayer, one more reader and one more donation...... Im honored.

Andrea said...

I don't have much to send but every little bit helps, right?
From a non-Christian (but still a good person) :)
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Anonymous said...

Everyone, Paypal can be set up to draw from your checking account as well as credit or debit. You can send money via 'check' through them. You can choose. Paypal is SAFE.

Also, please NEVER apologize for an amount you donate as every penny adds up!

We love you Freemans!

Kathy Hooper said...

Thank you for the post. I am also on another forum where many readers are praying for Kayleigh. I'll direct them to your post and I've made a small donation. Praying for this sweet family who have so generously shared their precious child with us.

Joanne said...

This is so wonderful to see so many people coming together to help this amazing family.
Thank you Brent for posting this.
Truly the hand of God is at work here today.
I continue to pray for Kayleigh and will also pray for a financial harvest for Aimee and Adam.
I sent my donation by pay pal this evening.
Thank you Lord for your work today.

Mrs. Hinson said...

We will continue to pray for this family in southeast Georgia. The donation wasn't much, but we were blessed to do it!

Anonymous said...

Everyone, Paypal can be set up to draw from your checking account as well as credit or debit. You can send money via 'check' through them. You can choose. Paypal is SAFE.

Also, please NEVER apologize for an amount you donate as every penny adds up!

We love you Freemans!

Cheryl said...

To law student Alli,

Please refer to I corinthians 6:1-10..

Kate's Mommy said...

Please keep us updated on the total raised...would love to see that! God can do amazing things! I will be talking to my husband tonight to see what we can donate! God Bless, and thanks for blogging for A&A.

Ruby said...

will send please send a address . (i do not have a credit card) could you give me address so I can thanks.. Ruby

thegilbreathfam said...

I completely agree with the post. Thanks so much for posting. I was hoping when the fabulous people put together the wonderful giveaway that so much more would have been donated.
I think we all know that The Freemans are extraordinary. I imagine that most of the people reading this post are also awesome, wonderful people. I can tell they are when I read through their posts, byt clicking on their links.
I know that The Freemans don't want a hand out, but they certainly NEED a HAND UP. I hope people won't be afraid to donate, even if they only feel they have a few dollars to offer. EVERY little bit counts! I am donating now. LOVE YOU ALL!

Sarah, Adam and Mercedes said...

I guess my hubby was on earlier and donated- before you even wrote this post- so i guess God was doing the work before you even finished this post :) praise God!

tricia said...

need an address to send it to

Hannah said...

can i have an address of PO box?? i have some gift cards i haven't used yet and could easily give it to them, so if there's an address i can send it to, just send me an email. Still praying!!
-Hannah

Marla said...

I have been following Kaleigh's blog ever since my own 13 week premature granddaughter was born. I donated last week, but after reading your heartfelt post I will donate again. These wonderful parents deserve to at least be at peace with their financial obligations and spend their energy with Kaleigh. We are praying for all of you.

Tracy said...

I wish I had more to give, but gave what we could. God Bless!!!

Laurie in Ca. said...

It is an honor and a privilege to donate and help Adam and Aimee see the light in this darkest time of their lives. I only wish my prayers could heal Kayleigh too. I know God can and will, whether here or in heaven. My prayer is that God will take each donation and multiply it for his glory and the freedom from debt for Adam and Aimee.

Love and Hugs, Laurie

nennermommy said...

I wish I could donate more but I hope my little bit helps!!!! I am praying for your family everyday!!! Also Praying for the Riggs family!!!

With all my love, Jen

Anonymous said...

i wish i could donate, but i too am just scraping by, i havea preemie and hubby is currently unemployed. we have 2 little girls to care for.

will say a prayer for you

Laurie said...

It was our privilege to donate tonight. Kayleigh and her family are in our prayers. Thank you Brent for taking the initiative to call us to obedience.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this message... well written. I just donated $100. It was the least I could do for this family. They are in my prayers. I am still believing in a miracle.

Sherri said...

Well said Brent! I've followed Kayleigh for months now and have fallen in love with that little angel. I feel bad for needing that extra nudge you gave me....but I'm glad you did! May God Bless you and your family as well!
Love,
Sherri

Anonymous said...

I just sent in my donation and am incredibly happy that I was able to help Kayleigh's family. Thank you for allowing us to follow this miraculous journey. Kayleigh and her family have truly affected my life. I mean, I sit here with tears streaming down my face during the bad times, and am so happy to cheer Kayleigh on during the good times; I check this blog TOO much :) all this for a family that I never knew before I found this blog. This just goes to show how amazing your family is!

I pray that Kayleigh is able to come home...AND, home is where you hang your heart, so wherever Mommy and Daddy are sleeping at night, this IS HOME. It would be just so lovely for them to be able to care for her in their own place and continue their loving ways, for the remainder of her days...which we pray are NUMEROUS!!!

All my love,

Elizabeth

Boston, MA

AshleyfromAlbertaCanada said...

I will continue to pray for Kayleigh and your family. I donated and hope others will do the same.
For with God nothing shall be impossible. -- Luke 1:37

Ashley

Michele said...

I would love to help, but we too are in a very difficult financial crisis. The bills from Kayleigh should be covered by the government because she was under 2 lbs., I know, because Kenny was under 2 lbs at birth...with a very rough road...still is rough. Like I said, I would love to help, I really would, but we just cant. God bless and hope things work out for them...They are all in my prayers...you are a great friend to help them in their time of need. God bless your family as well.

~kris~ said...

I have been thinking of Adam, Aimee and Kayleigh almost non-stop the last week. My heart is truly breaking. I'm fairly new in my walk with God and am struggling so much with the idea of Adam and Aimee having to say goodbye to her. I want to understand it all and accept that it is God's will but for someone of immature faith, let me tell you it is so hard! How oh how can God ask you to say goodbye to that sweet, precious little girl already?!

I've donated $50. It's not much but I hope it will help a little.

I am still praying for a miracle - that sweet Kayleigh will survive and one day wrap her arms around her Daddy's neck! He so deserves that!!!

Much love from Indiana

Laura Rucker said...

Donated from Cypress,TX ! Thinking and praying for your family!
Laura Rucker
8WX896198P1152228

Phyllis said...

Thanks Brent for this post. I am honored to be able to help out this beautiful family. Continuing to pray for Kayleigh and the entire family.
Phyllis & Kristen

jane said...

I also will donate to this precious family who have shared a very intimate part of their lives. I am a single mother of a 9 year old little girl who was born at 24 weeks, at 1 lb5 oz or 622 gms. I am so grateful to Christ Jesus that I have her upstairs reading a book in bed right now.

The doctors at the NICU where my daughter Karrington was born, never made things out to be a bed of roses, in fact they were down right too honest in some aspects of her recovery, but with alot of pray and the hand of God, she can home with me, just 91 days after she was born.

I would like to ask all of the other NICU parents out there to donate also, we all know what the Freemans are going through.

Jane

Anonymous said...

Adam and Aimee - I am so glad that Brent did this for you. He is a God-sent Angel for your family. It was meant for you two to be forever friends.

I was happy to donate as well as I will keep praying for a miracle of healing.

I hope you receive enough donations to help lift some of the burden that you don't need to be thinking about throughout this time.

God's promise is Love and Comfort and people holding you up through the storms of life. I love Natalie's Grant's song "Held" -- it is so true that God is HOLDING you right now and using all of his people to help you now.

God Bless You. We love you guys.

Karen
Cincinnati, Ohio

Anonymous said...

Donating $100 from AZ. I hope I can touch the lives of the Freemans as they have touched mine.
You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and your beautiful sleeping angel. ((hugs))

acutescrubnurse said...

Thank you Brent for your post. The Freemans are very lucky to have friends like you. I made my donation, I hope it helps some.
Praying for Kayleigh and her family, as well as you and your family. You are all an inspiration!!
Rita

Kerley's Kreations said...

Wow, I have decided what to do. I make butterfly mobiles in my shop on Etsy, and have sold in the last 4 weeks 12 of them all the money from these are now being sent to Kayleigh. As well as anymore that are sold. Basically I will go change the description here in just a second and all monies from these mobiles will be donated to Kayleigh and her family My hopes are the butterflies that fly on these mobiles can be with her in her life. Also if someone can send me an email I will glady send one of these mobiles to the freemans . They deserve a little splash of hope in thier lives. Donation to follow shortly . God Bless and we are forever praying for your family as well as yours Brent been following only shortly but god is amazing when he places things on your heart. PRaying for that miracle. Kayleigh will forever live as a memory.

Christy Kerley
www.kerleyskreations.etsy.com
With love

JennaOhio said...

I have followed little Kayleigh from the September 2008 birthboard on babycenter as my daughter was due in September. I can't imagine the pain Aimee and Adam are going through. Kayleigh has been such an inspiration to me! I have and will contine to pray for her! She is so precious.
Brent, you as well inspired me to donate. Times are tough for many right now as well as myself however like you said we can help take some of the financial stress of Aimee and Adam and not be selfish...skip our morning coffee..lunch whatever it may be! Thank you for your post and I hope and pray for the best for the Freemans!!!

Anonymous said...

BRENT,VERY WELL DONE,I WANT TO HELP BUT I NEED TO MAIL A CHECK,PLEASE GIVE US THE INFO ON WHERE TO SEND IT,I AM STILL PRAYING FOR THIS MIRICLE,AND HOPE FOR THE FREEMANS,TIMES ARE VERY HARD HERE TOO, BUT I HAVE A LITTLE SAVED BACK TO HELP THEM,MY DAUGHTER WAS A PREEMIE TO, I HAD PRECLAMPSIA ALSO,WE WERE LUCKY AND SHE IS OK, PLEASE TRY TO GET THE INFO UP ON WHERE WE CAN MAIL THIS TO, SO I CAN GET IT IN THE MAIL THANKS AND GOD BLESS

Shelby Hawkins said...

1,840,565... thats Kayleighs counter number at the bottom of the page...if we all donated just a dollar...

Jennifer said...

I just hit the donate button. $100is such a tiny gift that will only last a short time. The ENORMOUS gift your family has shared with the world will last FOREVER. Kayleigh is a treasure and I thank you wholeheartedly for sharing her with us. I only just was directed to your blog last week, but it has impacted me deeply. My little girl was born exactly 2 weeks before Kayleigh and we were blessed by God with a healty baby. After following your story, I feel now more than ever, how miraculous life is and how it can be taken for granted sometimes. I will continue to pray for you and Kayleigh - I can't begin to imagine your pain, yet you have such amazing faith - it's a real testament - thank-you all. We love you Kayleigh!
The Lindsay Family
Kenmore, WA.

kidjuggler said...

Thank you for this "call to arms" We are following the call from Tennessee. My husband is not a blog reader but he knows all about Kayleigh, so at the dinner table when I approached the subject of a donation he wanted to know why I hadn't done it yet. We think the world of this blessed little girl and her warrior parents.
I am thankful that we could help.
Alycia

Anonymous said...

Kayleigh, you have stolen the hearts of so many!! We love you!!!!!!!!

lifelaughsandlove said...

Thanks for the reminder, Brent. I hope the Body of Christ will really rally behind this family and let them feel in a tangible way God's love and provision. I only recently came across Kayleigh's story (from MckMama's blog), but already I can tell what a beautiful special girl she is. I donated tonight, and hope others will too. My prayers are with your family as well.

Kelly said...

I am honored to give to such an amazing family. Though I have never met Kayleigh, I have fallen in love with this sweet baby girl. I am heartbroken over the course her little life has taken. Kayleigh's life has changed the person that I am. I have an 8 month old daughter, and because of Kayleigh I look at her life in a new way. I love her deeper, and hold her tighter every day. Kayleigh's life has meaning. She has taught me what real strength is, and she is truly a miracle. I pray for her and your family every night. I pray for God to heal her, but if this is not His plan, I pray for peace and strength for you and your family. You are an inspiration to me and so many others. May God bless you, and may He bless your sweet angel, Kayleigh.

Kathryn Thorne said...

THANK YOU for making us aware of this serious financial need! We have been praying that God would bless us financially so that we could in turn bless others and guess what? HE'S ANSWERING! We will definitely be making a donation.
Prayers for Kayleigh and family will continue as well!

embaby81 said...

It is my honour to donate.

Sending you prayers from Australia.

Em
from Australia

Jessie said...

What an honor to help in this way. I was going to order some books online tonight but I'm hitting the libray tomorrow and donating tonight. Oh and I'm praying too! great post!!!

Brianne Hanson said...

Brent - thank you for posting this update for the Freeman blog. I think we all needed to be reminded what our calling is as brothers and sisters in Christ.

Aimee & Adam - thank you for being humble enough to allow Brent to post this update. I know it is hard to ask for help. But...Kayleigh has impacted our lives in ways we can never thank her for. So please allow us to thank Kayleigh, and your family, by helping out financially where we can.

My daughter, Kaylee Nicole, will turn 8 months old tomorrow. Since following the story of Kayleigh, I have begun to appreciate every single second I have with her even more than I ever thought possible. No longer do I get frustrated when she wakes up in the middle of the night, or when I only get 2 hours of sleep. I am thankful for every cry I am able to tend to. For that, I am donating $80. I know it is not much, but it is $10 for every precious month I have had with my daughter. Thank you for your constant reminders of how precious life really is.

Brianne (Aug 08 BBC, and Facebook friend)

Anonymous said...

I donated because many a night, I have laid awake wondering how I was going to pay my bills and I could not even imagine having to worry about paying my bills AND worring about my ill child! I have been close to foreclosure myself, had bill collectors bugging me and do not want these wonderful people to have to live thru that with an ill child! May God bless them!

Ellen from Long Island

nancy said...

I was going shopping tomorrow for some new clothes for my two healthy grandchildren who doesn't need a thing, but instead I have donated to this precious family that has stolen my heart. I agree with some others that it would be nice to know how much is being given.
Praying for a miracle
Nancy Lee
Ayden, NC

The Gleasons said...

I am blessed to be able to give. We are praying!! God bless!!

TOWNIES_S@COMCAST.NET said...

PRAYING FOR YOU AND HOPING FOR A MIRACLE!!!!!!!


GOD BLESS

SHEILA & LARRY TOWN

KellySC said...

Brent,
Thank you for your post tonight. My family has donated $50.00 to sweet Kayleigh and her family. I hope to donate more in the next few weeks as well. I can not even imagine what this family is going through. Little sweet Kayleigh is a reminder that every moment we have in this world is a gift and this is a reminder to always kiss and hug your kids and tell them every chance you get how thankful you are for them. I will continue to pray for Kayleigh and her family. I hope everyone who has been touched by this amazing little girl will be as generous as they can be to help this family.

Amber said...

Very well said Brent you are an amazing writer and speaker of God's word. I follow your blog as well and I have to say your teachings are amazing. I have been following Kayleigh's blog for some time now and I have cried, laughed, and smiled with this amazing family. I think most that follow this blog, feel as if Kayleigh is also a part of our family since we get to share in her life thanks to Adam and Aimee on a daily basis. Adam and Aimee are wonderful people, even though I do not know them personally, I can feel a part of their heart every time I read a post on this blog. My heart is breaking for them with this new discovery but also know that God has the final say with Kayleigh's life whether that be here on Earth or in Heaven with Our Lord and Savior. I cannot even place a dollar amount on how much Kayleigh's story has inspired me to be a better mother, wife, and Christian. I don't even know this precious angel but she has stolen a piece of my heart. I no longer live life just to get by but live it to the fullest extent with the sole purpose of growing each day in my walk with God and helping my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. This family deserves more than I can possibly provide, but I know through God's love and mercy and all that follow this blog the Freeman's financial burdens can become non-existent. I will be sending a donation to the Freeman family as well as lifting up Kayleigh and the Freeman family to God to bless them abundantly and to provide them with peace and comfort in whatever is the next step for Kayleigh. May God bless this wonderful family.

TriciaT said...

I have just come across Kayleigh's blog in the last week or so. I have spent the last several days reading the entire story...I am so burdened for this sweet family. both our kids were in the NICU for about 2 weeks each and we about went crazy. I can NOT imagine how they are still holding it together...thank you, Brent, for alerting us all to their need. Please post an update on how much has been given/donated so we can all rejoice w/ them as their financial needs are met!

Thank you for the opportunity to "pay it forward". Our prayers are w/ the Freemans, their older 2 children and of course, for sweet little Kayleigh!

Praying in GA

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